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Li Shi-zhen’s Pulse Studies: An Illustrated Guide - By Li Shen-qing, Will Morris

Li Shi-zhen’s Pulse Studies: An Illustrated Guide - By Li Shen-qing, Will Morris

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PMPH | 170 pages | ISBN-13: 978-7117137621 | ISBN-10: 7117137622 | February 2011 | Paperback

From the Authors:

Pulse diagnosis is essential to quality Chinese medicine. This point of view is emphasized by the substantial presence throughout Han Dynasty literature such as the Yellow Emperor's Classic, Shang Han Za Bing Lun and the Pulse Classic. Pulse diagnosis did not always enjoy such an exalted status in the practice of in Chinese medicine. Xu Dachun, in 1757, lamented the decline of the use of pulse diagnosis in clinical practice, calling for a more serious level of effort.

Zhong Zhong-jing, Wang Shu-he and Li Zhi-zhen created a wellspring from which practitioners throughout history receive knowledge and wisdom about the pulses. Superior physicians study their texts regularly, year after year. Through review and reconstruction of pulse diagnosis literature, an alignment can be achieved with the historical dialog, one that refines and informs the development of current practice.

Fortunately, there is a Renaissance in the contemporary practice of pulse diagnosis. This book is an effort to support that movement. It provides a depth of knowledge about the methods of Li Zhi-shen. Mastery of this content is essential for basic and advanced practice.

This book is based on Li Shi-zhen's, Bin-hu's Pulse Studies. Pulses are presented using ancient and contemporary illustrations with narratives. The illustrations focus on the waveforms of each pulse image. Simple pulse images are represented with a single pulse wave. Concurrent pulses signify two sets of waves. The length of the wave is one respiration. The width indicates the arrival rate where rapid pulses have thinner wave, while slower pulses have a wider wave. The placement of the pulse wave represents the level where the pulse is located.

Contents include illustrations of 27 single pulses, 112 concurrent pulse, 10 strange pulses and 27 pulse monographs. The pulse material is discussed in practical terms with 9 Qing Dynasty cases written by Su-pu and compiled in 1936 by Qiu Qing-yuan in A Compendium of Rare Medical Books. With the addition of a moderate pulse, there are 14 pairs of opposite pulse images presented in this book. The pulse is divided into six categories: superficial, deep, slow, rapid, deficient and excessive. This makes it possible to determine differences and similarities for pulses within the same category.

It is hoped that this book contributes to the furthering of the resurgence in the interest of pulse diagnosis, and the practitioners who read it find inspiration and empowerment with respect to their attempts to relieve the suffering of their patient.

- Li Shen-qing and William Morris

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